The 3 Gift Rule

I have three kids that are 7, 10, and 12.  Once I had them, I thought that Christmas would be fun and enjoyable.  We would sit around the table and play games or spend the afternoon making cookies,  but it turned out to be a really stressful time.  There was none of that because I felt I was running all over the place Christmas shopping.  I was fighting the crowds.  I would find something I bought at another store for a better price, so I HAD to buy that one and return the more expensive item.  I wasn’t enjoying Christmas anymore, so I made a change! We have a 3 gift rule at our house now.  I started this for a few reasons so you can read below why I started the 3 gift rule.

The 3 Gift Rule

Money Saver–  Every year I sit down after Christmas and work on my Christmas budget for the next year.  I have a list of what I bought and how much I spent.  I adjust any amounts so I can save throughout the year.  Only buying each kid 3 gifts is a HUGE money saver.

Greediness–  When I started this, about 4 or 5 years ago, I noticed my nice little boy turning greedy.  I heard him say, “Where’s the next present?” before he even looked at what he just opened.  My kids know the rule and there is no complaining.  They get gifts from other family members too, so it’s not like they are going without.  They have NEVER complained about the 3 gift rule.  I just tell them that Jesus got 3 gifts when he was born so Mom and Dad only buys them 3 gifts.

Space– Sometimes you just run out of space.  I felt there were toys everywhere.  Did we really need more toys?  When you have smaller kids the toys are the biggest aren’t they?  Also, both sets of grandparents live in different states, so there was no way we could cart all the gifts around.

Time– Once I have the 3 gifts, I can mark them off the list!  It truly saves so much time because I am not searching stores or the Internet for the best prices for a bunch of gifts.  It really reduces your stress!  I don’t have a mound of presents to wrap that take all night.  Wrapping became much more manageable.

Enjoying the Christmas season I think this is the most important.  Sometimes all the to-dos distract you from really enjoying Christmas and celebrating the season properly.

This had made my life so much easier since I’ve implemented this rule.  This is a great tradition to start.  It’s a reminder on what Christmas is all about

 

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3 Responses

  1. chellie says:

    Amen and Amen! We did the 3 gift rule for awhile too. Each gift symbolized either gold, frankincense or myrrh. Gold- something special to them, Frankincense something for their mind, and Myrrh, something for their body. The last 2 years, we have done 0 gifts, and 1 family experience, like an indoor waterpark or something. It’s been so meaningful for them, and no more stuff!!! 🙂

    • Holly says:

      I love that! I love the family experience idea and are doing that this year. Now that they are getting a little older, I think they will really like their surprise!

  2. Linda says:

    This is quite odd to me. Three? I’m from South Africa. The trend here trend here tends to be that parents give one gift to each kid. Three is a lot! Expecting more would be considered outrageous.

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